Qualitative Data: Research and Collection

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Qualitative Data I. Management and Organization of Qualitative Research Data Qualitative research data is interpretive and descriptive and because of the nature of qualitative research data, the best forms of organization and management of the data is coding or grouping the data when looking for patterns in the research findings. Five steps to good data management are reported to include those stated as follows: (1) Choose and follow a clear file naming system; (2) Develop a data tracking system; (3) Establish and document transcription/translation procedures; (4) Establish quality control procedures; and (5) Establish a Realistic Timeline. (John Hopkins Bloomberg, School of Public Health, 2008, p.2) It is necessary to allot a certain amount of time to each task in a qualitative study in order to be organized. For example time should be allowed for: (1) Traveling to the site and locating a participant (2) Gaining consent to and conducting an interview (3) Downloading and preparing a file (4) Transcribing the file (5) Translating the file (6) Coding the file (7) Conducting quality control, and (8) For making any corrections that are needed. (John Hopkins Bloomberg, School of Public Health, 2008, p.10) II. Qualitative Data Collection and Saturation of the Data Qualitative data analysis is reported to reach a point that is referred to as "saturation" which is stated to signal that the study is complete and that there is "a judgment of diminishing returns
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